ARC Review: How to Break a Boy

Author: Laurie Devore 
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 352 Pages
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Source: ARC via publisher
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Keep your enemies close, but your friends closer.

Olivia Clayton has mastered the art of tearing others down to stay on top. She and her best friend, Adrienne, rule their small southern town like all good mean girls do--through intimidation and manipulation.

After Olivia suffers a family tragedy and catches Adrienne sleeping with her boyfriend, Olivia is over it. She decides to make a change--but it's impossible to resist taking Adrienne down one last time. Up to her old tricks, Olivia convinces golden boy Whit DuRant to be her SAT tutor and her fake boyfriend. But when it starts to feel real, Whit gets caught up in Olivia and Adrienne's war.

Olivia may ruin everything she touches, but this time she won't go down without a fight--not if it means losing Whit.

And definitely not if it means losing what's left of herself.

APCB Adds #7

I love learning about the latest book deals, and APCB Adds is a feature where I share my latest Goodreads book additions. These posts will introduce you to books coming out in the future, ones you can look forward to! 

ARC Review: After the Fall

Author: Kate Hart
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 336 Pages
Publication Date: January 24, 2017
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Source: ARC via publisher
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Seventeen-year-old Raychel is sleeping with two boys: her overachieving best friend Matt…and his slacker brother, Andrew. Raychel sneaks into Matt’s bed after nightmares, but nothing ever happens. He doesn’t even seem to realize she’s a girl, except when he decides she needs rescuing. But Raychel doesn't want to be his girl anyway. She just needs his support as she deals with the classmate who assaulted her, the constant threat of her family’s eviction, and the dream of college slipping quickly out of reach. Matt tries to help, but he doesn’t really get it… and he’d never understand why she’s fallen into a secret relationship with his brother. The friendships are a precarious balance, and when tragedy strikes, everything falls apart. Raychel has to decide which pieces she can pick up – and which ones are worth putting back together.

Julia's Trip Recap: Hiroshima, Japan

This past summer, I had the incredible opportunity to visit Hiroshima, Japan for about eight days in August.  Every year, two members from the junior class at my school are selected to travel to Hiroshima as "Hiroshima Peace Scholars."  It's been months since the end of my trip, but I can't stop thinking about the people I met and all that I experienced.

Your Guide to 2017


 As you may know I love to keep track of upcoming releases. I stalk Publishers Weekly on a daily basis, and I love the question: What are some upcoming book releases? Below I've cultivated a list of books I'm ridiculously excited for (as you should be as well!). I've split it up into semi-practical categories and left Goodreads links for all the books. Keep in mind that some books fit in multiple categories, but please tweet me @yaperfectionist if I forget a 2017 book you know of and can't wait to read. Enjoy! And flail about these books with me in the comment section.

A Reflection on 2016


 Oh what a year it has been. It seems almost cruel to say, but I've had a great year despite the election cycle, terrorists attacks, celebrity deaths, and racial divides that have wreaked havoc on 2016. It's been a huge year of growth for me. There is an immense difference between 2015 Rachel and 2016 Rachel.